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Audiences will go 'Mental' for movie

Queensland schoolgirl Lily Sullivan plays 'Coral' in PJ Hogan's new Aussie film, Mental.
Queensland schoolgirl Lily Sullivan plays 'Coral' in PJ Hogan's new Aussie film, Mental.

AN ADVANCE screening of Mental, a new movie filmed largely in the Tweed by Muriel's Wedding director PJ Hogan, will be shown on October 3 at Hoyts cinema at Tweed City shopping centre.

Queensland schoolgirl Lily Sullivan, who plays one of the film's main roles, Coral, will be a special guest at the advance screening.

The event doubles as a fundraiser for the Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program, a Tweed council initiative which aims to support communities in Kenya through environmental and social programs.

The film reunites Muriel's Wedding star Toni Collette with director PJ Hogan who spent a significant number of his teenage years in the Tweed and attended Mt St Patrick's College in Murwillumbah before becoming an internationally recognised film director.

Mr Hogan used Coolangatta as one of the settings of his first hit movie, Muriel's Wedding.

He returned to the Tweed to film his latest offering, Mental, which includes performances by two of Australia's most popular actors, Rebecca Gibney and Anthony LaPaglia.

Anthony LaPaglia plays the role of philandering politician Barry who acts as councillor and appears in Tweed's council chambers, Banora Point, Mt Warning and Murwillumbah where he lives with his dysfunctional family.

Barry's wife, Shirley, played by Rebecca Gibney, has a mental breakdown and is admitted to a mental institution by her husband.

Barry is forced to head a family he had little to do with before his wife's downfall and in desperation picks up hitchhiker Shaz, played by Toni Collette, to help him take care of his teenage daughters who all suffer from undiagnosed mental illnesses.

PJ Hogan is the son of the late Tweed councillor Tom Hogan and described the movie as autobiographical, as was Muriel's Wedding.

The advance screening will start at 6.00 pm and tickets, priced at $7, are available from Tweed council chambers in Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads Civic Centre, by phoning the council on 02 6670 2400 or at the door.

Five dollars from every ticket will go to the Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program to help provide safe water for isolated Kenyan communities.

The movie will feature in cinemas Australia-wide from October 4.

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